5. Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady
Released under Bad Boy Records/Wondaland via Atlantic Records (Buy Here)
I don’t know how this ended up here, but man, I’m very glad it did. I know some of my homies are gonna be too hardcore into the street life (aka bumping drill/trap music in the suburbs of Indiana) to even give this album a chance, but Janelle Monae really dropped one of the best albums I have heard in a while. I listened to this the week it dropped on Spotify but I wasn’t really fully into it, but after recently giving it a few spins on my laptop, I went out and copped the vinyl. This album is THAT good. The album features influences of so many genres, namely hip-hop, R&B, funk, rock, and even a little gospel. The album has a little bit of everything, and she even got Prince to lend her his services for the second track of the album. You KNOW you’re talented when Prince does that. To go along with Prince, she also got Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Solange to contribute guest vocals. Monae had a part in the production of every song of the album, as well as obviously writing the brain tinkling lyrics for the whole album. Just let me put it like this, if you listen to R&B or any other genre other than rap, you’ll probably love this album. Scratch that, you WILL love this album.